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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
39th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION

Journals

No. 71

Thursday, April 3, 2008

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform) laid upon the Table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— Nos. 392-0396, 392-0397, 392-0407, 392-0413, 392-0414, 392-0442, 392-0453 and 392-0454 concerning the Canada Labour Code. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-392-6-07.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas), seconded by Ms. Savoie (Victoria), Bill C-532, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (low-cost residential rental property), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Presenting Petitions

Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:

— by Ms. Charlton (Hamilton Mountain), one concerning prosperity partnership (No. 392-0523) and one concerning the income tax system (No. 392-0524);

— by Mr. Mills (Red Deer), one concerning crimes of violence (No. 392-0525);

— by Mr. Malhi (Bramalea—Gore—Malton), one concerning immigration (No. 392-0526);

— by Mr. Epp (Edmonton—Sherwood Park), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 392-0527);

— by Ms. Black (New Westminster—Coquitlam), one concerning prosperity partnership (No. 392-0528);

— by Mr. Bruinooge (Winnipeg South), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 392-0529);

— by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South), one concerning the income tax system (No. 392-0530).

Government Orders

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Finance of Bill C-50, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 26, 2008 and to enact provisions to preserve the fiscal plan set out in that budget.

Mr. Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform) for Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Baird (Minister of the Environment), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

Debate arose thereon.

Ms. Chow (Trinity—Spadina), seconded by Mr. Mulcair (Outremont), moved the following amendment, — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word "That" and substituting the following:

“this House declines to give second reading to Bill C-50, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 26, 2008 and to enact provisions to preserve the fiscal plan set out in that budget, since the principles of the Bill relating to immigration fail to recognize that all immigration applicants should be treated fairly and transparently, and also fail to recognize that family reunification builds economically vibrant, inclusive and healthy communities and therefore should be an essential priority in all immigration matters”.

Debate arose thereon.

Statements By Members

Pursuant to Standing Order 31, Members made statements.

Oral Questions

Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Flaherty (Minister of Finance), seconded by Mr. Baird (Minister of the Environment), — That Bill C-50, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 26, 2008 and to enact provisions to preserve the fiscal plan set out in that budget, be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance;

And of the amendment of Ms. Chow (Trinity—Spadina), seconded by Mr. Mulcair (Outremont), — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word "That" and substituting the following:

“this House declines to give second reading to Bill C-50, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 26, 2008 and to enact provisions to preserve the fiscal plan set out in that budget, since the principles of the Bill relating to immigration fail to recognize that all immigration applicants should be treated fairly and transparently, and also fail to recognize that family reunification builds economically vibrant, inclusive and healthy communities and therefore should be an essential priority in all immigration matters”.

The debate continued.

Private Members' Business

At 5:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The Order was read for the second reading and reference to the Standing Committee on Health of Bill C-517, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (mandatory labelling for genetically modified foods).

Mr. Perron (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles), seconded by Mr. Lussier (Brossard—La Prairie), moved, — That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Health.

Debate arose thereon.

Pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the Order was dropped to the bottom of the order of precedence on the Order Paper.

Returns and Reports Deposited with the Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(1), papers deposited with the Clerk of the House were laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Ms. Finley (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) — Response of the government, pursuant to Standing Order 109, to the Second Report of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, “Reclaiming Citizenship for Canadians: a Report on the Loss of Canadian Citizenship” (Sessional Paper No. 8510-392-23), presented to the House on Thursday, December 6, 2007. — Sessional Paper No. 8512-392-23.

— by Ms. Finley (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) — Proposed regulation amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (PRRA) and Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement, dated March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2004, c. 15, s. 70. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-790-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration)

— by Ms. Finley (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) — Proposed regulation amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Permanent Resident Card) and Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement, dated March 31, 2008, pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2004, c. 15, s. 70. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-392-790-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration)

Petitions Filed with the Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 36, a petition certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions was filed as follows:

— by Mr. Bélanger (Ottawa—Vanier), one concerning the Criminal Code of Canada (No. 392-0531).

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 38(1), the question “That this House do now adjourn” was deemed to have been proposed.

After debate, the question was deemed to have been adopted.

Accordingly, at 6:47 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).